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Posted by John (Sivan John) Wednesday, May 28, 2014 Go To Comments

Di Maria: We’re Very Excited to Get to the End

After featuring for Real Madrid in their Champions League success over the weekend and being named as man of the match, Ángel DI MARIA has finally arrived back in his hometown, Rosario.

He spoke to reporters upon his arrival and he’s desire to win has not wind down a bit as he is keen to bring the same winning momentum that he had with Real Madrid to the National Team.

"I ended up having a happy year with Real Madrid and for winning the Champions League title for my club. Now we have to start thinking about the National Team and the things is now to go to Brazil and do our very best. We’re very excited to get to the end, we know it is not going to be easy but we will try to get there” he said (as quoted on Canchellena)

DI MARIA was the last to arrive back in Argentina and Coach Alejandro SABELLA has given him a rest until Friday morning.

He also did mentioned to reporters about something which will put a smile on Rosario Central fans that if he ever returns to play in Argentina, he will only play for the Scoundrel (El Canalla, the nickname of Rosario).




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el principe
(United States)
Posted on 5/30/2014 at 2:35 PM
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Great great inteview Baker. Thanks a lot.


Aslam
(Qatar)
Posted on 5/30/2014 at 11:32 AM
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And the same run from Dimaria like champions league final...Dimaria scores the winning goal for Argentina in the final....and then what will be the future of Dimaria...?


baker
(India)
Posted on 5/30/2014 at 11:11 AM
1
Question: How many hours have you slept since the final?
Di María: Few, very few. After the final, first there was the night of partying, then my little girl woke up early, later the party on Sunday in the Bernabeu, the trip to Argentina . . . . But very happy, very pleased with everything I’ve experienced. And now, in Rosario, resting for a few days with family before going to train with the Albiceleste.

Q: Was that your best night as a footballer?
DM: Yes, it was dream-like, one that any footballer would like to live, to win such a sought-after title. It could not have been better to lift the trophy and be named the best player.

Q: Have you thought about if you had scored the second goal?
DM: Yeah, I was watching TV and they were reviewing the match, I saw the play I made, and if it had gone in, it would have been an historic goal for Real Madrid, but Bale’s was also historic. Every time they show the goal, I see the play and it makes me so happy.

Q: Did you keep a souvenir?
DM: Yeah, I kept my shirts. We made history, and I kept them for my personal museum.

Q: Which moment of the celebration do you keep coming back to?
DM:I keep thinking about the moment the referee blew the final whistle, and I knelt in tears, thanking God for everything he’s given me, for everything I’ve asked for before the match so that I could achieve such an important title. There were some very beautiful moments during the celebration, but none compares to the final whistle. That emotion and the overwhelming urge to cry and let out everything I had inside.

Q: You had to hold back Simeone in the end, What did you tell him?
DM: I told him to cool it, that he’d had a great season, and he didn’t need to cause a row. It was absurd to put yourself in that kind of situation. It was a difficult moment because they were going to be champions and in the end it availed them, and that makes you quarrel, it made him react like that. I wanted to stop him so that he didn’t muddy all the good he had done.

Q: You never stopped running this whole season. Where did you find the energy in extra time of the final?
DM: Adrenaline, desire, always wanting it . . . . Every time that I put on a shirt, I am going to give everything for it. Say what they say, and criticize me as they will. I will never give 95% or 99%, but always 100%. When you do that, you reap the rewards in the end.

Q: Have you grown a lot this year?
DM: I have grown a hell of a lot thanks to Ancelotti, who has given me the opportunity to play in various positions, both on the wing and in the central midfield. I have progressed a lot as a footballer and also as a person, again thanks to my teammates for supporting me and being by my side through the bad times.

Q: What grade do you give yourself and to the team?
DM: I give the team a 10. We had a spectacular year. We left everything on the pitch. The Liga got away from us, I think because of knowing and thinking about how we were in the Champions League final. I don’t know what my teammates will think, but we neglected the Liga. Nevertheless, we got a very important double. I don’t like grading myself. I had a good year. When the season ends, you analyze it, and having won the Copa and Champions, and being the best of the final, it’s a great year.

Q: The best of your career?
DM: Yes, at Real Madrid, yes. At Benfica, I also had one very good year. They are comparable. I feel very happy.

Q: What share of the credit does Ancelotti get for the success?
DM: He tried to defuse problems and quarrels, keep us calm, he always looked for peace with the players, the press, the club . . . to have everyone happy. He did very well. He tried to give everyone the chance to play and give minutes to those that played less.
He did things very well, it was a great year for him, being the first at a club as important and difficult to manage as Madrid. For me, he’s a great coach, he has gotten the best out of me, that I hadn’t shown in previous years. Alongside Sabella, he’s the one I like most.

Q: He protected you when things weren’t going well . . . . What did he tell you?
DM: He didn’t tell me anything, he gave me the confidence to play. He played me as a starter even though the world was criticizing me. Giving that confidence showed me that he believed in me and my abilities and that I could give the team what it needed. He wanted my sacrifice, to defend, attack, run, give everything . . . that’s what he likes and he did everything to play me in the starting lineup.

Q: Which of Ancelotti’s messages went furthest with you?
DM: He’s a very positive person, he only thinks about winning and that rubs off on us. Before matches, he cheers us on, tells us we’re going to persevere, that together we can. His words were fundamental.

Q: Did you see yourself leaving Madrid at any point?
DM: They say a lot of things, and sometimes one thinks a lot. It’s hurtful when one always tries to give everything for a club and things come that he’s going to Tottenham. Those are difficult times that a player goes through and it’s difficult to disengage. I was calm, I knew that I wanted to continue at Madrid.
I spoke with the coach last summer and told him I wanted to stay. He told me that yes, he would count on me. And after that, everything depended on how I performed. Things went well. I made a good decision. I stayed and became a European champion.

Q:Have you already made a decision about next season?
DM: No, I’m very calm. Right now, I’m only thinking about the World Cup. I said that until the night of the 24th, I would think about Madrid, and after that I was going to think about Argentina. I think I’m having a very good moment. We’ll see what happens with Madrid, if they want me to stay or to leave the club.

Q: And what is your preference?
DM: I am happy. I had a great year and people recognized it; I always had their support. Although one might have the desire to stay or the ambition to continue, sometimes it cannot be because the club can want another player or bring in signings and has to sell. And someone needs to go. But I am very happy.

Q: You were chosen as the best player of the final. Do you feel like this year you’ve established yourself as one of the best players in the world?
DM: I said it already. One tries to give everything and does not have the recompense of being among the best. In previous years, I also had very good years, and I’m at a big club but not chosen among the best 10 or 50 players, well that is disheartening. One works to be in that group of elites and it feels badly to not be there. But I never give up and I continue working. This was a spectacular year, and we’ll see what happens next year.

Q: You had the most assists on the team . . . do you like providing assists more than scoring goals?
DM: Yes, many times I’ve been told I should shoot more. Cristiano says it to me a lot. But to everyone I always say that I feel like I’ve scored a goal when I provide an assist. I gave Cristiano eight assists, and that makes me very happy.
Q: Has there been a lack of recognition for Di María on the part of the press and fans?
DM: When it comes to the press, I’ve almost never had the recognition when I do things well. That’s up to them, they have other favorites. And as for the fans, it’s normal, it’s a very big club with lots of stars, and they are demanding. It’s difficult to win over the fans of Real Madrid, but with time I won over their affection. Winning La Décima and having a big role, I believe that in the end I won over the fans’ love.

Q: And for the club’s part?
DM: In the end, in these last months, the club officials have been closer and I’ve felt their affection a little more. At times, their favor is necessary. If they show you that they’re on your side, you feel comfortable at the club.

Q: But you’ve always had the adoration of your teammates, both at Madrid and with Argentina.
DM: Yes, I’ve never been able to say the contrary. I have always had a great relationship with everyone on all of my teams. I’m not difficult; I don’t like to make problems.

Q: You’re the only one in the world that plays alongside both Cristiano and Messi. No one better to say how they are similar and how they differ?
DM:For me, it’s a privilege, one feels very fortunate. And moreover, I get along with them very well off the pitch. Differences? Cristiano has a lot of power, strength, and a tremendous shot from long-range. Every year he scores so many goals. And Leo is fast in one v. one, three v. one, four v. one . . . . He has those quick, short bursts that blow you away.

Q: Have you asked the club for a raise?
DM: No, we haven’t asked for anything nor have we spoken about it. This year I only thought of Madrid and about winning titles.

Q: Do you know if there are offers for you? Is it flattering that other teams want you?
DM: Honestly, I’m not going to lie, I know there are offers and clubs interested in having me. There are teams that can pay whatever price Madrid asks. But I am very calm, I’m only thinking about the World Cup. My agents will look at them. If I am to stay, I’ll stay. I had the kind of year to stay at Real Madrid for a long time.

Q: Have you said no to many teams in order to stay at Real Madrid?
DM: Yes, I said no to many teams in order to be at the summit that is Real Madrid. After I spoke with Carlo, I wanted to stay throughout everything that happened last summer. If the club doesn’t want me and doesn’t need my work, there’s nothing I can do about that.

Q: Would you like your future to be cleared up before the World Cup? You’ve already been through your signing for Madrid during South Africa.
DM: Yes, I would like to be more calm this year, to know what will become of me and my family. Above all, for my wife and daughter, if I need to go, for the move . . . . What I want to know is if I’m going to stay or not. Rumors keep coming out and I hope to be able to focus myself on the World Cup.



el principe
(United States)
Posted on 5/30/2014 at 10:59 AM
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I like what Mafioso said about the modern days Masche here. I totally agree with him. Masche needs to re-learn how to play DM. It's been too long for him to play CB. It's been what? 3 years + or something?

Anytime Masche played for Argentina lately, my only critiques is his long balls. I don't like that that much. First of all, that's not what a DM supposed to do. Secondly, that's not Argentina DNA.

Masche just needs to play simple passing game. Look at Redondo. What makes him so great is he has mastered what was necessary for a DM: simple passing.

I watched a WCQ where Argentina played Biglia-Gago in midfield (Biglia played #5) and the fantastic four (with different players like Palacio and Lavezzi). Guess what? Biglia was more effective being our #5. Why? Because he's a real DM playing DM. He knew what he was doing out there.

Nowadays Masche is more like a DC playing DM. He needs adjustments.

I am not saying Masche is a liability, I am saying he needs to work on his game now. He's a starter, a second captain, but he is a DEFENSIVE MIDFIELDER for Argentina.

Remember Di Maria's interview on "What a great winger needs to do?" I think Masche must make the same list too "what a DM needs to do".


el principe
(United States)
Posted on 5/30/2014 at 10:50 AM
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As a huge supporter of fantastic four, I said it before and let me say it again. Sabella's 5-3-2 is not the B plan, it is his C plan.

Sabella's B plan is another fantastic four with different players. That's the B.

If you really watched Argentina matches in qualifiers and friendlies, ever since Sabella decided to field the fantastic four against a strong team Uruguay where we won 3-0 with ease, Sabella trusted that system more.

The only problem was one or two of the fantastic four was almost always injured. So he came with plan B. His plan B was starting the fantastic four with players like: Di Maria, Aguero, Lavezzi, Palacio or Di Maria, Palacio, Higuain, Lavezzi. Or any 3 forwards + Di Maria.

It was a huge success always as we almost always won and looked good and had no difficulties in both scoring and defending. I take that as Sabella has mastered the fantastic four system.

Even against Italy, on paper, it might look 4-4-2, but it was actually a fantastic four system with Di Maria, Lamela, and 2 forwards. Remember Lamela was supposed to be our 6th forward.

Sabella just rotates his 6 forwards + a Di Maria. That's his plan B.






pablo.d
(New Zealand)
Posted on 5/30/2014 at 12:39 AM
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i do know what you are saying but theses are professional footballers and do play every 3-5 days for their clubs all year so fitness should not be a problem at all as they do this all the time but in saying that i do believe in the early 3 games if up 2 or 3 goals rest players.


baker
(India)
Posted on 5/30/2014 at 12:08 AM
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Got the point , but for a WC like tournaments where 7 grueling matches in the span of one month , for me we are asking too much from our fab4...
we have to use the alternative when we are leading , on the third group matches etc..

we need healthy and strong fab4 through out the competition.


pablo.d
(New Zealand)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 11:39 PM
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baker: its a catch 22 on if sabella should plan for others or should we be good luck and try and stop our fab 4 if you can(hopefully they cant).
i just dont see why we should have to change our game plan, we have some of the best attacking talent in the world and why should we go into a match changing that ethos, attack, attack and attack.


baker
(India)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 11:26 PM
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sabella will change the formation based on the opponents and situation.

we had seen 4-4-2,4-3-3 and 5-3-2 with sabella . we should be ready for all these formations and that is place players like ricky,augusto,maxi can come in handy. they are vesatile and can be fit in to any midfield.


messipontamia
(New Zealand)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 9:44 PM
2
well Mamoun (elpipita) and I have discussed this online sooooo much and till this day we can't come to an agreement.
I do think the fab 4 system is useful against most teams mainly due to what sulav has said about the other teams opting to stay in their own half but at the same token that also opens us up to counters from those said teams.
Having said all that Maxi and Di maria on either sides ain't a bad idea since both of these guys are capable of going forward to set up goals (Di maria) or to score goals (maxi) yet at the same time they're both defensively disciplined.

One thing is quite clear and that is Sabella isn't comfortable with using this system against top teams (see the friendlies against Brazil and Germany for examples) so the second Argentina faces a top opponent like France (in the second round possibly), Germany (in the QF possibly), Italy/spain/Holland (possibly in the Semi's) and Brazil (in the finals possibly) then I don't think we'll be seeing the fab 4 start. More likely it will be Sosa as the 4th midfielder (god help us!) since I am certain that he's going to be picked ahead of Augusto and Perez and also Sosa was the 4th midfielder in the games I mentioned.


SulaV
(Canada)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 8:23 PM
2
No i don't agree with ...elpipita... our strength is attack and fab4 has to play against any strong team in the tournament...half the opponents team will stay in their half just to make sure they don't concede from our supersonic counters... moreover sabella is not playing with possession based tactics so no point having another midfield player..


mamoun "elpipita"
(Iraq)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 7:11 PM
2
Ok my 2 cents:

The thing about Germany is that they continue to improve with every game, they are constantly analyzing their strengths and weaknesses and make adjustments accordingly. That's why they don't generally do very well in friendlies because they use these matches to shave off any weaknesses they may have.
So to conclude the germans are machines, they work hard, they are disciplined and most importantly they don't have any delusions of grandeur. They know that teams like Brazil and Argentina have players with more flair and so they work at compensating for that with other areas of their game such as physicality and temperament (2 things that south american teams lack).
Germany are contenders, always are, regardless of their injury woes but they're not unbeatable because there is no such thing in football and that's half the beauty of the game.
@kid the albicelestes have a solid midfield and I am more than happy with what Sabella has picked thus far but to say that Argentina's midfield is better than Germany....well that's simply not true! But that also doesn't mean that just because their midfielders are fancier than Argentina's that they're necessarily going to beat Argentina when they meet.

I see you guys are constantly comparing Masch with Schwansteiger and that's not exactly a like for like comparison. Khadira is Germany's Masch and while he's an excellent DM I would still take Masch over him because I think Masch is still the best destroyer in the biz.
Our equivalent of Schwansteiger is Gago, both are CM who do a dual role of creativity and defense and both are very injury prone. With that being said, there is no comparison as Schwany is clearly superior to Gago (at club level atleast) but for me personally I would take a healthy/fit Gago over any CM in world football just because Gago is a monster when playing for Argentina regardless of his poor club form and to me that's what counts.

Like some of you have pointed out, the Romania game isn't a good indication since that game demonstrated total failure of the midfield and the fantastic 4 on that particular day.
Romania didn't park the bus, the albicelestes had 6 (yes I counted) golden chances to score and they didn't. That indicates failure of the forwards to score not the success of Romania to shut Argentina down.
One good thing to take out of that friendly is the fact that when the midfield and the forwards failed to perform, the GK and the backline stood up and made themselves count and in my book that's a positive.

Lastly regarding the fantastic 4 system, well Leandro and I have never been full supporters of the system despite the stats clearly pointing to the contrary.
I believe the albicelestes need to play with a 4 man midfield with Messi as the long requested enganche behind one striker (either kun or pipita), something like this:

kun

Messi

Dimaria Masch Gago (if fit) Maxi

This would allow more coverage of the flanks and the central midfield with messi having to focus purely on creating and scoring without needing to play defensively.
The Fantastic 4 system may then work well if Maxi is taken off and replaced with kun or pipita thus giving Argentina the attacking kick to finish the game off especially against tired defenses.

Just my 2 cents, carry on!


Alam
(India)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 6:41 PM
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argentina weakest part is thier midfield. sabella 23 man selection is going to decide this argentina team future. right now it seems to me albiceleste have no answers against teams like spain, brazil , france or germany and
portugal in terms of midfield battle.mascherano is no more a defensive midfielder. he lost the cutting edge which dm have coz of his cb status at barca. alvarez is joke, i dont want this player,sosa is just hard working but no footballing iQ. its far better for argentina if they go with both perez and augusto fernandez to brasil 20147. i just hope our midfield dont suck this time and for that we need midfielders not shiit players like alvarez or sosa.


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 5:39 PM
0
Willy
Zabaleta;Fazio;Garay;Garcia
Lavezzi;Biglia;Mascherano;Di maria
Messi;Aguero
The potential Argentina XI, 2014 WC that could compete to World XI IMO...


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 5:19 PM
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Talking here is about overload of strikers... Forget tevez, i think one f de main positive thing on sab selection is all r pure team players, even higuain will attempt to goal only after confirming dat nobody else is der in better position... We need is more di marias' n maxis'...


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 5:09 PM
0
Torres on liverpool departure : "At Liverpool, I had almost everything but titles,"
"There, I felt like a king but the team was falling apart.
The directors had sold [Javier] Mascherano to Barca, then
Xabi Alonso to Real Madrid without investing any of the
money to compensate for the departure of these two key
players.


joesoccers
(Canada)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 4:59 PM
0
the teams done. this is messi's team. tevez wasn't included because it appears he wants it to be tevez's team.

he looks like to be more of a team player now, more than 4 years ago.

he should have been included, or at least allowed to make amends during the qualifiers.

i believe the team would have been stronger with him, because his effort on the field for the most part is 100% or more.

he wasn't given that chance.





Pradi
(India)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 4:57 PM
1
No human in dis world can do better than masche de job he doing for our NT... To own a midfield alone need some super natural power... We dont need schweinsteiger or modric, if our coaches identify de right person for each position that itself may reult in a world XI...


Mafioso
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 4:55 PM
3
@Kid,

Against Bosnia,formation was different it was 5-3-2.So there 2 man defending at each flank.You need to read my comment again.I brought up Romania game to give an example of our weakness when we play Fan 4 and opponent attack us from the wing.If you don't like Romania,watch Ecuador,Brazil,Sweden 2nd half,Germany before they become 10 man team,Chile(2-1).

Basic football.

Masche is better tackler.This is where the better ends.And long passes? A defender gives long passes and
a DM keeps passing simple.Admit it or not masche is not the same midfielder how he was till he joins Barca.Whatever skill he had with the ball now it is almost zero.I hope he can shake off all the CB habits he has gained with Barca.


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 4:49 PM
0
Kid IMO palacio n lavezzi will b better attacking mids for argentina than aguero or messi... Its not a criticism for kun or leo but their natural game is of strikers... But lavezzi n palacio are more a work horses than leo or kun n they love to involve in de game more than leo n kun wish, they track back n tackle, their work rate is better, datz their natural game... Playing with kun-hig-leo potentially means we are playing with 3 strikers, to contain that we need a strong mid n dfnsv unit... Now a days playing with 2 strikers itself is considered as risky move...


Aslam
(Qatar)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 4:36 PM
0
Mascherano is highly underated...! Messi, Dimaria and Mascherano has no match in the world right now.


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 4:32 PM
0
Against other fans we can defend argentina blindly, but between us what is de need f dos formalities... We need healthy, realistic discussions here... Simply blind, fake discusions here makes dis forum really ineffective IMO...


Mafioso
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 4:31 PM
0
@Deb,

True.When opponent play through right wing Masche and Gago goes out of their position to cover that area and middle gets exposed.We have not faced that much wing depended team other Ecuador,Romania and Brazil(4-3).Watch the three match,you will find one thing in common when opponent was attacking Gago and Masche was out of position.And our denfense looked much fragile.So it have to be one of 3 forward who needs to help Zabaleta.

Against Italy our formation was 4-2-2 with Di Maria and Lamela defending on each flank.Masche and Biglia's focus was only at middle.That's why it was good a defensive display.


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 4:27 PM
0
Leave individual brilliances apart... A balanced team is something very important... Even if it is an average player, those who r comfortable at each positions need to be used imo... If we have only 2 top class mids but hav 4 top class strikers, we cant play with 2 mids n 4 strikers, we need to use de best available in de positions... Its very open that our team is not perfectly balanced... Higuain is de best #9 we have now, no doubt... But both messi n aguero r 2nd strikers, yet to prove as a midfielder or winger imo... What i believe is if we sacrifice 1 striker either kun or higuain n add one attacking mid, even lavezzi will do i feel, if cant afford enzo or augusto, will b a much more balanced n solid n i think we can have better control over de game n will get better results... Otherwise messi or aguero need to play like di maria at right wing, or atleast need a masche type warrior in de place of gago... Maradona tactics, player selection everything were poor... Still we reach de quarter finals of de biggest stage n wud hav atleast had a better result against germany if we had a balanced team on pitch means one to partner masche in mid instead of having all tevez higuain n messi... We have world class quality everywhere but is over shadowed by our striking force... Schweinsteiger, pogba, fabregas everyone may be overrated but they have some one to play in these positions, atleast to cut de space for opposition players ... Our case is if messi or aguero or higuain lost de ball de only obstacle is masche n is a sea of space in mid to create play... If di maria lose he atleast track back... If we r going on wit gago-masche-di maria we hav to agree the fact that spain, germany, brazil, france etc...have better mid than us... We r over relying on our forwards n datz back firing us...


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 4:24 PM
0
Mafioso I am not defending Argentina against you..You brought up the Romania game as if it was the only game we had played under Sabella and failed to mention other games won under Sabella especially the most recent game like the one against Bosnia in the USA...

If Muller, Gotze, Schurlle are MF then I can simply call Palacio and Lavezzi midfielders too..

Still I don't see how Bastian is better than Mascherano..Mascherano is faster, Mascherano is a better tackler, better at passing long balls, better at reading the game..The only thing Bastian has over Masche at this point is shooting at goal..


Mafioso
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 4:17 PM
3
@kid,

Don't give me Argentina match history lesson ,please.And you don't need to defend Argentina against me.I defended every time when someone bad mouthed Argentina.All the old members of this site knows this.

I picked Bastian over Masche is simply Bastian is a midfielder and Mascherano is a defender now-a-days.Are muller,gotze,reus,schurle,ozil,draxler AM or not is a basic footballing question.Muller was used as false 9 and Sf by Pep this year though.

I don't overpraise any of our opponent.A year from now everyone was considering Germany as unbeatable team.I and Leandro was first to write against those non-sense.But on the other hand,writingoff Germany in a WC is more non-sense than considering them unbeatable.

Let me tell you something.You will be the most scared one when the real game will start,because overconfidence comes from imaginary root.


Deb
(India)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 3:50 PM
0
Just talking Mafioso's point forward, we should also talk more about Pablo Zabaleta. He has got a huge role to play in Brazil. Just look at the players he might have to tackle in that right back position.

1. Montero 2. Hazard 3. Cristiano 4. Iniesta 5. David Silva 6. Neymar 7. Ribery

So yes, he needs a good amount of screening from Mascherano and more people if required. He is a good enough RB, but there are some weaknesses in his game. He sometimes gets caught on speed. Once beaten, his turning is slow. In occasions where he may have to charge up and help our attacks, we need a cover for him. In case he gets beaten by any excellent dribbles by Iniesta, Hazard or Cristiano, we need Mascherano or someone like Higuain to keep that shield on.

Although I do trust him and he has given his 100% all the time for our team, there has to be backups behind that RB position. There shouldn't be an open space for people like Cristiano or Neymar to sprint and create something.





Argentino Trucho
(United States)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 3:43 PM
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I meant the game on Wednesday. oops!


Argentino Trucho
(United States)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 3:41 PM
0
@kidulthood Thank you so much for that video. It got me so pumped!

I am so excited for this friendly on Sunday.


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 3:32 PM
0
Apart from Lahm, can somebody please tell me what great fullbacks Germany have? They even rotate Boateng to play at fullback for Germany sometimes which is never a good sign..With all the injuries the Germans are suffering at the moment its possible Lahm could play in midfield and Boateng at right back..Schmelzer is nothing special at left back for Germany, I remember how Di Maria slice this guy up in the friendly game..


argentuban
(United States)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 3:30 PM
0
No one was going to risk anything against Romania and Sabella wasn't going to tip his strategies so close tot he Cup. The Romania friendly is not a good metric.


Saroya
(India)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 3:29 PM
0
to hell with germany, hell with italy and i hate mexico thanks to this which still boils my blood.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ybj5I44nBnE

lets start giving our team the credit they deserve instead of shit germany.


argentuban
(United States)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 3:26 PM
2
Don't you DARE dis Ariel freaking Garce! Maradona had a dream, you blasphemer!

And we all know how world class Bolatti is....subbing at Botafogo and all. Oh, and you act as though Jonas hadn't ever played right back before......wait a minute.....


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 3:26 PM
0
@Deb I know, I too see Ghana advancing over Portugal..


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 3:24 PM
0
Mafioso: still talking about the Romania game? How about our wins against Italy, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland etc? The guys actually didn't want to be in Bucharest that day...The night was cold, the pitch was pealing up..All the players in the squad were almost going to the wc, so none of them had anything to prove in the Romania game..At the time, Argentina played Romania, the guys were in crucial stage of the UCL with their respective clubs and there domestic league, so why should they've taken the Romania game serious risking injuries.


Deb
(India)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 3:22 PM
0
@Kidulthood: I checked that bleacher report video you posted. They said Portugal aren't going to advance. lol Even I feel Ghana would be the 2nd favorites in that group.


Roy Nemer
(Canada)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 3:22 PM
2
While we made Germany look better than they actually were in 2010, they brought a more balanced team and better players. We had no right back, a walking disaster as a CB (Demichelis) and no one good to partner Mascherano.

Forwards aside, because we had better, Khedira, Schweinsteiger (who I regard as overrated), Ozil, Muller, Lahm, Kroos and even Boateng are better than what we brought.

Veron was the veteran and that's fine but we took Bolatti to help Mascherano, Jonas Gutierrez to play as right back, an accident waiting to happen in Demichelis, a bench player at best in Burdisso and Ariel freaking Garce.


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 3:22 PM
0
Atleast if replaced gago with biglia or perez masche n biglia/perez can help de full backs... How can we ask forwards to defend if men at central midfield itself cant defend properly...?


Deb
(India)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 3:20 PM
0
I am getting a very positive feeling these days. Our players are looking good in training, Sabella is all charged up and in complete control of his team, key players (by god's grace) are looking good. Everything is shaping up well.


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 3:18 PM
0
Once a player is German international who plays for Bayern,Dortmund and Schalke he is regarded as a great midfield player by some here..


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 3:16 PM
0
maraDON Thank you!!! You and the Thinker is always on point..


Mafioso
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 3:15 PM
1
I agree with argentuban.Defense and Central Midfield will determine Arg's WC chance.Romania draw is a result of bad game from Mashe and Gago.Also team defending was bad-no zonal marking,no pressing to steal the ball and there was plenty of space for the opponent.

We don't have wingers to help fullbacks.Rojo is almost always left to defend alone and get exposed.Same case with Zabaleta.That's why we suffered against average team like Ecuador who plays with fast wingers.Di maria
should help Rojo and one of Higuain,Messi or Aguero should help Zabaleta.Otherwise we have big problems when we will face Brazil and Germany.It will be 2 vs 1
in our flank.Imagine Zabaleta is alone against Neymar and Mercelo and Rojo is alone against Reus and Lahm!
This things should be sorted out.


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 3:14 PM
0
Mafioso: I wouldn't call Muller, Gotze, Schrulle midfielders I often seen these guys playing as a striker or a false nine, Draxler? You got to be kidding me..Please stop mixing up midfield with attacking players..I would take Mascherano over Bastian any day,so because he play in a high profile league all his life in Europe and plays for Bayern doesn't mean he's better than Mascherano..Bastian only come to prominence in the last 3 season while Mascherano was the best defensive mid in the world since his time at Liverpool, playing in a UCL final before Bastian could ever play in one..Who watches the Bundes League? Nobody on that German team can tackle or intercept the game the way Mascherano does..I would take Mascherano in a heart beat just saying..



maraDON
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 3:10 PM
0
germanys midfield is attackingly better ???????

messi and dimaria are europes biggest assists and messi europes biggest scorer


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 3:02 PM
0
I hope these two friendlies give de best picture for us n also for de sab... I hope with those games sab make de final decision on gago, fab4, 4-3-3 all...


SulaV
(Canada)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 3:01 PM
2
exchange masch with Bastian? Basitian is rated so high because he plays in his own country and for a big club.. where as masch plays in a makeshift role! Defensively masch is >>> Schweinsteiger.. if masch would have been an english or spanish or german then he wouldnt have been underrated as he often is.. Mascherano is one of the best tacklers in the world and i wouldnt trade him with anyone except redondo!!


Mafioso
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 2:56 PM
1
I don't know why Kidulthood love other south american team so much.I have always found other South American teams,fans,officials,referies are very hostile toward Argentina.Other South American team can screw themselves!


argentuban
(United States)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 2:53 PM
0
By Germany's own admission their squad, individually, was grossly inferior to ours in 2010. They usually get the most out of their team. Hell, even when we won in 86 we weren't that great of a team...Maradona's brilliance and some key defending is what put us over the top.

Let's see what Sabella can do for our team this Cup. Everyone talks about our Fantastic Four - but I think the other 4 will be key. Romero, Rojo, Fernandez, and Gago will make or break us this Cup. Competent defending, goalkeeping, and solid central mid play are all we need. Form and fitness - here's to the form and fitness of the Forgotten Four.


Mafioso
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 2:51 PM
0
Our midfield is not better than Germany,Germany's main strength is attacking midfield.

With Gotze,Reus,Muller,Schurle,Ozil,Draxler,no team has a better attacking midfield than Germany and I would exchange Masche with Bastian if it was possible.Possibly we are not far behind,but they are better in that area.

Other than Brasil,Argentina and Uruguay.I don't rate any south american team that much.Ecuador is an average team,Chile is decent team,so is Colombia.Quality is everything in a tournament like WC.It does not matter if it is played in mars or neptune,quality wins.It would be a major surprise if more than two SA teams make to semi.



KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 2:34 PM
0
This world will witness real football fans at this summer world cup..South America have the best fans of the game..


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 2:26 PM
0
By the way Draxler and the Bender brothers are not better than Alvarez and Augusto..


Messicrew
(United States)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 2:25 PM
0
@kidulthood i think this IS one of the best i've watched so far not because
ARGENTINA SOS MI VIDA !!!!!!!!!


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 2:23 PM
0
maraDON: The tall man have been ignoring the German NT since they moved on from East & West Germany to only Germany..lol


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 2:18 PM
0
maraDON well said..Argentina individually except Romero had better players than the Germans in 2006 & 2010...Germany ain't gonna win squat again unless they go back to West Germany..lol

2014 Argentina still have better players than Germany,yes I expect some to bash me now..

Goalkeeper- Germany better than Argentina.

Midfield- Argentina better than Germany

Defense - Argentina better than Germany.

Striker- Argentina better than Germany

Messi+ Mascherano+Di Maria in midfield >>>>>>>>>>>>>>Anyone on the German team..


baker
(India)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 2:14 PM
0
"Augusto Fernández trained for the first time on par with their peers and , a few days after Sabella deliver the final list , and it's fine from his injury . The campus will have the afternoon off and will return to training on Friday.

It was one of the great questions of the list. After the first cut made ​​Alejandro Sabella, Augusto Fernández was in sight : not yet be recovered from a knee sprain , had many chances to get out of the final 23 , which will be released on Monday June 2. However, four days after the start of training with the national team, the Celta Vigo midfielder could play alongside the rest and now it is again ready to be considered to go to Brazil.

The discharge from the big news Augusto was a morning of work without outlines tactical team . Far from what made ​​Wednesday when Pachorra stopped for the first time 11 this time there for exercises definition front and side , on another court , will work with the defenders . Then there was the entire campus for lunch then enjoy a free afternoon . This Friday , the campus will be complete as Angel Di Maria added ."


maraDON
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 2:09 PM
0
germany 2010 were weak as , it was diegos fault a solid side with a balanced backline would have destroyed them...modden germany sides are functional at best with average players

REAL german sides of the past dont exist any more, im sick of there luck these days .there workaholics you have to play hard to beat them
otamendi as fullback and bardisso as c/b was a huge mistke

they needed a 4 cb back line bard-demi-sam-henze and TWO midfielders veron and masch



argentuban
(United States)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 2:09 PM
0
The last World Cup in South America was in 1978. None of those players or that team culture has any influence on the team today - it was 36 years ago.

Germany has gotten 3rd place in the last two World Cups. More recent, more relevant as many of those players from 2010 (and the coach) are still with the team (and even one player from 2006).

I don't believe that they will win, but they will likely knock out a major player before they fall.

Personally I think if we want to win with emphasis we want to face them at some point in the tournament,simple for revenge.


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 2:07 PM
0
Argentina World Cup commercial

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXgpHw-V3QM


Watching this got me so pump up but at the same time it gave me tears of joy!!


cshir143
(Nepal)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 2:06 PM
0
one of the key player of argentina .


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 2:00 PM
0
Well if we are talking historically here, then Argentina have won the last two world cup that was held separately on South American soil and Latin soil..Germany does not have a great track record in any of the South America world cups...Argentina is going for the hat trick as we speak..


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 1:57 PM
0
Training camp pictures..Gago look healthy and fit tackling Messi right here..

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bo0eAQACUAEDfzE.jpg:large


Batigol9
(Estonia)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 1:55 PM
0
@Kidult
Dont forget germany, most consistent team in WC ever. I hate them, but they are big cups team. 70% times in semifinals is a lot


argentuban
(United States)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 1:53 PM
0
In 6 of the last 8 World Cups Germany has finished 3rd or better. Writing them off is a mistake.

Of the 4 major favorites (Argentina, Brazil, Spain and Germany), only ONE of the four has not reached the semifinals in the past 20 years. To give you a hint as to which team it is, Spain won in 2010, Brazil won in 2002 and 1994 and made the final in 1998, and Germany made the final in 2002 and won third place in 2006 and 2010.....


riquelme.10
(Canada)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 1:41 PM
1
What's up with all these fantasy predictions???? people be realistic

@kid

Suarez didn't cheat, any player in his position would of done the same thing. He got sent off and a pk was given, Ghana blew it!

Lets not forget our own hand of god;)


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 1:29 PM
0
Brazil provide a special new aeroplane for their players to travel during WC time... I hope AFA atleast prefer airways over roadways for our players...


Notoraj
(Finland)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 1:21 PM
0
I was watching Argentina vs Mexico 2010 WC match ..man what a piece of sht was Romero!!! He should shorten his hair this time


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 1:20 PM
0
The only teams having a chance of beating Brazil before the final are A) Colombia B) Uruguay C)Italy..The other European teams will be irrelevant to Brazil...


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 1:14 PM
0
Cameroon losing to Paraguay, they will finish last in Group A..


Messicrew
(United States)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 1:07 PM
0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZi7COtr_nI
Messi vs Spain watch the master doing work Guys and this is type of hunger we're going to witness comes june


maraDON
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 1:06 PM
0
----fern-garay-basan----
zab-------masch------rojo
-----maxi-------dimar----
----------messi-----------

---------hig/kun------------ theres a cool ass 352/532



KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 1:06 PM
0
arg2014 you not getting it, Germany have never beaten Brazil at the world cup and it will not happen in South America of all places..Germany defense is a joke..You think Hummels and Boateng can withstand Brazil? Not a chance..Spain after the humiliation they got from Brazil last year has no chance either..Italy are better than Germany in world cups, that's a fact..France have won all their world cup games against Brazil going all the way back to Michelle Platini, so France have a physiological edge over Brazil should they meet....Germany does not have the team to win the world cup or beat Brazil its simple as that, most of these guys are just club ballers..


maraDON
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 1:03 PM
0
dimaria-ayala-ayala-dimaria
--dimaria-masch-dimaria--
-----------dimaria----------
------messi--------kun-------

theres are winning team


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 12:57 PM
0
If spain is not beaten by ourselves or brazil they will be world champions again... I think argentina n brazil r de best bets against spain may be pekerman's colombia too...


Pino
(United States)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 12:47 PM
0
Brazil will at least make it to the semi final, if not, an atomic bomb will occur on all the stadiums, lol.

Brazil has an easy group, a second round match against an injured Netherlands or an injured Chile.

After that, maybe Colombia, Brazil will beat Colombia, with or without Falcao.

It's about Logic as well, I agree with arg2014, maybe one dark horse at the semi final forum.


Sudhirfadi
(Japan)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 12:44 PM
0
Hero is back...... We need you man you truly master 0f 4-3-3 and 3-5-2 formation..... Infact which suit current days football.....win world cup and move to arsenal what i want . Really arsenal need argentine player infact after nelson vivas left arsenal i donot cheer for them...allow me to watch arsenal match dude.... Best of luck and be MOM in final and go for BALLON D' OR...


arg2014
(Canada)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 12:42 PM
0
If there is a European team that can go toe to toe with Brazil, that would be Germany, Spain and Netherlands. I don't see Italy, France, or Portugal could hold against Brazil in Brazil.


MS
(India)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 12:37 PM
0
@ abnormalone... Now flex is not the trend in kerala, it is color of Argentina flag in vehicles....
Nice to see many Malayalees here....


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 12:34 PM
0
@Pep: ''no doubt Portugal has been a joke against small teams'' well this shows that its not looking good for them against the likes of Ghana and USA..

Agree with your world cup surprises, I have a feeling that Germany and Spain will exit the world cup at least up to the quarter final if not sooner...

France is a wild card for me at this point, they can easily top their group and then again they can easily get eliminated..

The European team I see with the grit and guts to succeed in Brazil are Italy, I hear nobody talking about Italy much but they're the likely European team to go toe to toe with Brazil if they should meet..

The Brazilian conditions does not suit the German style of play..All Portugal need to do is park the bus and let Germany come at them in the 12pm heat blazing down on the pitch..I call the Portugal vs Germany game a draw and I'm still sticking with it..Portugal will be the under dogs against Germany and will have nothing to lose, so they can sit back for most of the game and let the Germans burn themselves out in the humid conditions..This group will have a lot of twist and turn imo..I still have Chile topping Group B with Spain facing Brazil in the next round..I have Bosnia going through with Argentina not Nigeria, these Nigerians are too indiscipline for a tournament like the world cup..


maraDON
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 12:28 PM
0
scoring a hatrick vs brasil doesnt make you the greatest of all time lol


pep
(Argentina)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 12:20 PM
0

my surprise to team to play the final with argentina: France

world cup surprises: either germany or spain will not make it to the next round...

most underated team by most people: portugal. in official games in the last 4 years; against spain twice, brazil, germany, holland, germany, and the best ivory coast team ever, that is in over 600 minutes received 3 goals... no doubt portugal has been a joke against small teams, but its records against top teams shows it has a festiy and strong midfield goalie, defense and midfield.

world champion: argentina


arg2014
(Canada)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 12:05 PM
0
Also, so you don't put the words on my mouth: I have being saying that Brazil will get a pass to the semi final and after that everything is possible. Brazil might lose in the semi final and settle for 3rd or 4th place, but FIFA will give them a pass to the semi final regardless if they deserve it or not. Semi final (not Final).


arg2014
(Canada)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 11:58 AM
1
Kid: I agree that Ghana could surprise, Colombia could surprise, also Chile could surprise and any of these team could reach the semi final, hell even USA.....but merging all 3 teams to be a surprise along with Argentina, its not logical. There is always a dark horse but not 3 dark horses. I'm telling you that forget about Brazil, they have a spot in the semi final no matter who they will face. now you have to think about 3 spots left....if Argentina can make it, we have 2 spots left.....Europe will have to get their share as usual and they have strong teams who want to get the title: Germany, Spain, France, Netherlands, Italy, Portugal, Belgium and even England who are getting prepared like crazy if you watched their training camp video.

My point, it's not logical to come up with all 3 dark horses for the semi final leaving all strong teams. Now, Germany could flop, Spain could flop, Italy could flop....but not every single European team will flop......if that's the case, then I would say Brazil/Argentina finale is guaranteed today and lets celebrate boys.


guled
(United States)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 11:57 AM
0
@kid spain v brazil will be 50/50 game I am surprised a lot of people are dismissing spain, Ghana reaching the semis is almost impossible, it can happen but very unlikely, Colombia reaching semis more realistic,they have good team, but it is unlikely also,one thing is true the weather and travel will have effect no doubt


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 11:46 AM
0
arg2014 Its not impossible for Ghana to make the semis in Brazil..if not for Suarez cheating then Ghana would have made the semis back in 2010..Its also not impossible for Colombia to make the semis..Its not impossible for Spain to win over Brazil(highly unlikely though)..So none of my predictions are fantasies..I was not saying Mexico will do any harm at the world cup, they always made the round of 16 since the 1990 world cup, that's all I am saying..Who is Croatia by the way? Who is Belgium btw? what have these teams accomplish internationally at any level in football?


joesoccers
(Canada)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 11:38 AM
0
------------romero-----------
zabaleta-----garay-----masche-----rojo
-------------dimaria-----------
aguero---messi----higuain----lavezzi----tevez

or

-------------romero----------------
zabaleta------garay----------rojo---
------------masche---------------
dimaria------messi-----higuain------lavezzi-----aguero-----tevez

you take your best players and you make it work.

you don't drop the best players in the world because they won't listen to you, you make them listen to you or they can leave.

coaching, for the most part, has gotten in the way of argentina winning the cup.

'86 it was maradona's field generalship that won the cup.

'78 it was agentina that won the cup, the love and will of the nation at home.

after maradona, hopefully this team is wiser and only takes what the coach says as suggestion, because he left them without the best team possible.

messi looks now like the general on the field. hopefully he got the support he needs to win the world the cup.

this is messi's team.



arg2014
(Canada)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 11:35 AM
0
Kidulthood: Living in a fantasy land? I'm not the one who predicted the semi finalists will be: Colombia, Chile, Ghana and Argentina, writing off all European teams and Brazil. I'm not the one who predicted Spain would beat Brazil in the 2nd round if they meet, the giant football nation and host will get sacked in the 2nd round?

If S.Korea reached the semi final for being the host, you think Brazil will leave the tournament this early. I still stand by my word that at least 2 European teams will make the semi final and expect Brazil to be there too. After Chile advertisement, we have to live with Mexico exhibition based on Kid.....You need to be patient and wait for the tournament to kick of.


Tizeboule
(United States)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 11:07 AM
0
Enzo Enzo Enzo please over Gago. Gago is slow and just come back from an injury. I hope he's re-injured during the friendlies. Gago Masche not the bst option now.

We need physical player


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 11:06 AM
0
World Cup 2014 Group Stage Preview and Predictions: Live Google+ Hangout..

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2079215-world-cup-2014-group-stage-preview-and-predictions-live-google-hangout

This is a really informative live video streaming by these football journalist..Roy and Co should do something like this before the world cup start for our beloved Argentina team..As for guys like @Arg2014, watch this video and you'll see how these European football journalist are all showing the Americas teams respect, because its seem to me you're living in fantasy land when it comes to world cup being held on the South American continent..

Note: These guys have all the South American teams going through plus Mexico..They also think Honduras will have a chance in their group and Costa Rica for them will be no push over in Brazil..So If you notice these journalist are respecting all the Americas teams including the Latin ones...They have Ghana going through, same as me..

Most of these guys predictions are close to mine..If you're looking at the world cup from the geographical location then you can see why most of the journalist have these consistent prediction..


theAbNorMalOne
(India)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 10:59 AM
1
@Faisal:Bhai DiMaria is no longer under-rated,actually never was,how an underrated player can play for a club like Madrid.He was not appreciated,for sure but there is already a twist in Madrid fanbase,some rate him more than CR7.Some place him with Ramos and Casillas.Anyway if it's the start of something let it happen...


Batigol9
(Estonia)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 10:57 AM
0
Out of topic, but something powerful from Chile. I think, it's the most powerful World Cup commercial I have ever seen. I understand espanol only a little, but evet then it was powerful. And of course I let translate it. Enjoy and greetings ti KidultHood as well :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmLmWiqSVS8


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 10:57 AM
0
www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/worldcup2014/article-2642798/Lionel-Messi-Argentina-training-ahead-World-Cup.html


Faisal
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 10:48 AM
0
Angel DI Maria is one of the most under rated player in the world. The kind of attitude and work ethic he has shown for Real Madrid that's quiet incomparable to anyone within the Madrid squad.Even more some RM fan boo..ed him some matches at S.Bernabue. He deserves more respect than he gets from RM fans and from world of media. After departure of Mesut Ozil, it was Angel Di Maria step up and raise his game in different level and that's ultimately benefited by RM. May be he doesn't have sexy look like Ronaldo or kind look like Messi but surely he's our great asset and one of the top 3 player for Argentina including messi and Aguero.

Hats Off to Di Maria !!!

Hopefully his great performance will continue till our 3rd world cup victory against Brazil in the Marcana stadium where we will beat Brazil 3-0 and Messi will hit a hat-rick and become greatest player of all time.

Dream On !!!


Faisal
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 10:32 AM
0
I believe Argentina need to follow 2 definite formation. one they will use against weaker opposition and other formation should be used against tougher opposition.

For group stage game we can use usual 4-3-1-2 formation:

-------------------- Romero -------------------

Zabaletta --- Garay --- Demichelis --- Rojo ---

Banega ---------- Mascherano ---------- Di Maria

-------------------- Messi --------------------

---------- Higuain ------------- Aguero --------

For Knock Out stage Game 3-3-3-1 formation would be more perfect

-------------------- Romero -------------------

Zabaletta --------- Garay ---------- Demichelis

Banega ----------- Mascherano ----------- Gago

Aguero ------------- Messi ------------ Di Maria

-------------------- Higuain --------------------




guled
(United States)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 10:22 AM
1
a midfield of masch and perez with fab 4 will be great even against big teams but at leat 2 of the fab 4 need to track back and defend more, I think fab 4 is our trump card , other teams are intimidated by them so we need fab 4 , but they must be must wqork harder in defense, di maria will do it but kun and higs need to do it , messi must press also , I think sabella will find a way to field all of them even against big teams like ancelotti did for real Madrid, fab 4 are our main weapon


theAbNorMalOne
(India)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 10:06 AM
0
@BakerA short description of theAbNormalOne:I get mad when there is no new comments to read.Its disgusting.It makes my life a hell.I wanna read something all-time,I can adjust with anything under the sun regardless of the type,let it be MT,Marquez,Osho,Freud or some kid's publication.I can adjust,but need mundoalbiceleste to be happy.


theAbNorMalOne
(India)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 9:54 AM
0
@Pradi,vimal,baker:Expect the sack from mundo community soon for non-english comments.By the way sorry for Malayalam language use guys,I truly apologize!!!


baker
(India)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 9:04 AM
0
entonnede ithokke....?


theAbNorMalOne
(India)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 8:58 AM
0
@vimal:machi Tamil pesarathellam namukku laddu thinkara mathiri.Glad a lot of Indians are here.
@kid,chalz,pep,johnny and everyone:Can you believe that there would be Indians with atleast 20 different mothertongue...


vimal
(Malaysia)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 8:50 AM
0
hahaha....tamilla pesuringge??


princegj
(India)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 7:38 AM
0
@AbnormalOne & @Pradi.... sambavum kallaki....


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 7:31 AM
0
Pinne... Adhoke murak nadakunund...


theAbNorMalOne
(India)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 7:28 AM
0
@Pradi:Machane naattil flex ellam vechu kazhinho???


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 6:19 AM
0
Bravo messay...


dammage7
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 5:54 AM
0
--------romero--------
zaba--fede----garay--basanta

---perez--mashera--di maria

-----messi------aguero

----------higauin----


Messay
(United States)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 5:37 AM
2
"We will have to give it our all and be willing to die on the pitch in order to reach the final and be crowned champions." - Di Maria,

http://www.goal.com/en-sg/news/3999/world-cup-2014/2014/05/28/4845773/di-maria-anything-other-than-winning-the-world-cup-a-failure-for-

It is so refreshing to hear of all the deserved praises Di Maria is receiving... I remember the constant "headless chicken" reference to Angel on a few argentina blogs in the past.

What a player he is...

one thing i will never forget about angel, was his comment right after the 2010 world cup.

When the National Team returned home after losing to Germany, they received a heroes welcome. Massive crowd following the team bus and thousands celebrating...

only Di Maria, provided some contrast by saying "I thought we lost 4-0, i don't know why we are celebrating"

At times, it even looks like Real Madrid plays 5-4-4 because Di Maria is on Defense, midfield and forward... he is literally everywhere.

The way he played in La Plaz against Bolivia has always baffled me... I remember Messi couldn't even walk because he was so tired, but Di Maria never stopped running...

There are many many players who are true work-horse type players, but they are often limited in their skills and technical abilities, thats why Di Maria is a rarity! Excellent technically, incredibly skillful, yet a tireless worker! A real Angel on the outfield!

I can't wait for Angel and Messi and the gang to create havoc in a few weeks :)


Amlan
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 5:18 AM
0
So far all the arguments in the world have been on Messi vs Ronaldo. Barcelona and Real Madrid fans have always been chewing each other's heads off arguing on whether Messi is better than Ronaldo or Vice Versa.

Now the battle is on Messi vs Di Maria.

Its great to see Real Madrid fans have replaced Ronaldo with Di Maria. Great for us.


el principe
(United States)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 5:11 AM
2
Angel Di Maria is the first world class winger Argentina produced since 1990. When I first saw him, I saw something in him very special. He is a pure winger and looked very promising. That is rare.

It became very valuable for us because Argentina is a country where it normally produced a bunch of "next Maradona" (playmaker/attacking midfielder/second striker who operates in center not wings). The likes of Riquelme, Aimar, Gallardo, Leo Rodriguez, Veron, D'Alessandro, the young Redondo, Ibagaza, Saviola, or Tevez all are players who operates in CENTER (not winger) either as midfielder or attacker. Ortega is a right winger, but not pure. Only Passarella made him that way. Ortega was designed to be the next Maradona in 1994.

I never considered wingers Claudio Lopez or Kily Gonzales a world class. They both were solid, but not world class.

Di Maria is a rare species for us for a country who is influenced so much by the great Diego Maradona which makes most of the young players wanted to be like him.

Now Di Maria is reaching his potential, his 2013/14 season is career high for him in terms of the number of assists, goals, and trophies. It is also the first season where he will finally be among the ballon d'or top 50 players.

Some say he's equally as important as Messi in the starting line up due to the fact that he has no replacement in Argentina. Sabella even said that "he almost died" watching Di Maria tackled hard by his opponent in Madrid last game.

I always feel that in order to be a champion, we need a "Jorge Buruchaga". He was a perfect Robin to our "BaDman" Maradona in 1986.

In 2010 Di Maria was disappointing. 2014, we'll see Argentina third captain after Messi, and Mascherano. Angel Di Maria. Someone who Sabella believes can be the Robin role.


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 4:45 AM
0
I too feel that 4-4-2 will b de best option for us in wc... I think lavezzi can also try at enzo position...


vimal
(Malaysia)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 4:43 AM
0
http://www.ole.com.ar/oleteve/en-foco/equipos-Sabella_3_1146515377.html
wat is he sayin?? translate please


Aslam
(Qatar)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 4:30 AM
0
@Amlan,
It could be Indian time 4:00AM..:)


Amlan
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 4:10 AM
0
Is there another friendly on 7th June against Slovenia?


Amlan
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 4:00 AM
0
@pep I prefer

pipita/kun messi
dimaria masche gago enzo
rojo garay FF zabaleta

as it is solid without losing much creativity that F4 would offer. Dimaria and Enzo must involve in defence a lot.


Amlan
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 3:54 AM
0
Can anyone say what time (Indian time) the Friendly against T&T will start? According to Goal.com it is 11:30 PM BST on 4th June. Please confirm.


pep
(Argentina)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 3:53 AM
0
against big teams, which team do u prefer?

messi pipita
dimaria masche gago enzo
rojo garay FF zabaleta


pipita
dimaria messi kun
masche
rojo garay demichelis FF zabaleta


guled
(United States)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 3:02 AM
0
sabella is doing good job so far by focusing more on defense,he is stubborn no doubt but the old man knows what he is doing,tactics is very important aspect of the game


theAbNorMalOne
(India)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 1:49 AM
1
@If PATENT was a possibility in Football talk,we mundoalbiceleste should warrant for "First one to predict the effectiveness of DiMaria ".And then start a patent war with Apple after the worldcup when there is nothing to talk...


rup
(India)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 12:49 AM
0
yes many european or african tean will be parking the bus against us shot from the long distance with precision is key dimaria,banega can do that


Dinucci
(Argentina)
Posted on 5/29/2014 at 12:17 AM
0
Idk about you guys but i think argentina should take more shots from the outside against teams like germany or spain. we have the players to pull it off it will be good if we have to break through defenses

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